These Windows-compatible productivity apps that will help you get things done effectively. If you’re feeling increasingly digitally distracted, you aren’t alone. Students check their smartphones in class for non-school purposes about a dozen times a day, according to one 2016 survey. And a 2014 survey from Salary.com found that 89% of respondents admitted to wasting time at work. But our computers, smartphones, and tablets aren’t just distraction machines: when used effectively, they can also help us tackle our daily lives more efficiently or collaboratively. A variety of apps available for the Windows OS, both desktop and mobile, provide powerful productivity features including cloud-based document sharing, collaborative project planning, and online time tracking. And many of these apps are designed to work together, allowing you personalize a suite of products that help you complete your tasks, on time, in the way that works best for you and your team. These 15 applications address all stages of productivity, from cutting out online distractions and tracking your time to employee collaboration and high-level project planning. Note-Taking Applications This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You may find the Outlook app more efficient and effective than your default email app. Maybe you use Microsoft Outlook on your computer. But what do you use on your mobile phone or tablet? You can use the built-in email app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Another option is the Microsoft Outlook mobile app. The Outlook app supports Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and other services so you can set up and access multiple email accounts. You can choose what happens when you swipe a message. You can attach files from a variety of sources. And you can view and work with your calendar. Let’s check out how to use the Outlook app on your mobile device. For this article, I’m using the Outlook app on my iPad, but it works similarly on an iPhone, iPad, and Android device. If you don’t already have it, you can snag the app for iOS from Apple’s App Store and for Android from Google Play. After you launch the app the first time, tap on the Get Started button. The app may suggest an account to add. You can add accounts for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com (including … Read More
You can tweak the ribbon for quick and easy access to your favorite commands. The ribbon in Microsoft Office offers a way to run commands and tap into various features in any Office program. The ribbon changes its buttons depending on what you’re doing and where you are. Don’t like the ribbon because it doesn’t offer your favorite commands? No problem. You can customize it to remove buttons you don’t use and add buttons you want to use. Ultimately, you can fashion the ribbon so it’s populated with those commands you use the most often. And once you get the hang of tweaking it in one Office program, the process is the same for the rest of the suite. How can you master the ribbon in Office? For this article I’m using Office 2016, but the information here applies to the past several versions of Office as well. I’ll enlist Word as my guinea pig, so launch Word to kick things off. You can open any accessible document you like. Right-click on any empty area on the ribbon. From the popup menu, click on the command to Customize the Ribbon. The Customize Ribbon window pops up. On the left side … Read More
Adobe released an update to flash that appears to be bug fixes. The update in the form of an October update. This monthly update addresses functionality bugs but does not fix any security issues. Adobe released an update to flash that appears to be bug fixes. The update in the form of an October update. This monthly update addresses functionality bugs but does not fix any security issues. It appears at this time that because this is merely a bug functionality fix, that it won’t make it into this month’s Windows 10 release. However you may see the update released for Windows 7 as a standalone update. What to do: Check your Flash and expect an update for Windows 7 machines. Office Click-To-Run Side Effects The October click-to-run release is causing a side effect with some add-ins. Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 version 8431.2107 removed the Home page from Folder Properties. Prior to version 2107, if you right-clicked a folder under Inbox in Outlook and chose properties, there was a tab for “Home Page” and you could display an HTML file instead of an Outlook folder’s contents. Some add-ins need an HTML home page there; if it’s not there, the buttons on Outlook won’t work. … Read More
Here’s how you can set up and work with one or more calendars in Outlook. You use Microsoft Outlook for your email. But do you also use it for its calendar? Perhaps you do, perhaps you don’t. Either way, you can take full advantage of the calendar feature in Outlook to manage your scheduled appointments and events. You can add an event to the calendar and share it with other people. You can invite people to meetings and other events. You can juggle more than one calendar. You can share your calendar with others. And you can tweak your Calendar settings. Let’s look at the process for creating and maintaining calendars in Outlook. For this article, I’m using Outlook 2016 via my Office 365 subscription, but the process works virtually the same in the prior few versions of Outlook. Launch Outlook. Click on the calendar icon at the bottom of the pane to switch to calendar view. You can now manually add an event. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You should take steps to reduce the size your Outlook mail file if it’s ballooned too large. Do you use Microsoft Outlook and find that your mail file, aka the PST file, keeps getting larger and larger? Yep, that happens as you accumulate more and more email. With lots of mail, your PST file can easily grow to become many gigabytes in size. And why is that a problem? A larger PST file can slow down Outlook. PST files can also become corrupted, a potentiality that increases if the file grows too big. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce the size of your PST file. Microsoft Outlook uses a PST (personal storage table) file to store not just your email but also your calendar events, tasks, and other items. The PST file is a convenient way to house such information as you can move the file to a different drive or computer, back it up as one single entity, and export items from one PST file to another. The major drawback with a PST file is that the file can easily get very large very fast, especially if you have a habit of not deleting your incoming messages. Overtime, … Read More
Here’s how you can get Windows 10 to play nice with your convertible or 2-in-1 machine. You’ve got a Windows 10 laptop that can convert into a tablet or a tablet that can function as a laptop with help from an external keyboard. Cool — but how can you best tweak and use your device to take advantage of Windows 10? The OS does offer a few features and options that can help you work better in both laptop mode and tablet mode. You can set the device to automatically switch from the Start menu to the Start screen or vice versa. You can manually make those changes yourself. And there are other ways to benefit from Windows 10 based on which mode you’re running. Let’s check out how to best use Windows 10 on your hybrid machine. First, let’s go over the types of devices that qualify as hybrids, convertibles, or 2-in-1 machines. For our purposes, all those terms mean the same thing. The first entry is a laptop that can double as a tablet. These devices typically are outfitted with a lid that is foldable or a keyboard that is detachable. By folding the lid all the way … Read More
Hold Off Before You Update Your iPhones On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11, a major upgrade for its mobile platform. The update’s new features include the following: A lock screen and notification center are combined, allowing all notifications to be displayed directly on the lock screen. The various pages of the control center are unified, gaining custom settings and the ability to 3D Touch icons for more options. The app store receives a visual overhaul to focus on editorial content and daily highlights. A “Files” file manager app allows direct access to files stored locally and in cloud services. Siri can now translate between languages and use a privacy-minded “on-device learning” technique to better understand a user’s interests and offer suggestions. The camera has new settings for improved portrait-mode photos and will use new encoding technologies to reduce file sizes. Messages is integrated with iCloud to better synchronize messages across iOS and macOS devices; a later point release will support person-to-person Apple Pay payments. The operating system also introduces the ability to record the screen and a drag-and-drop functionality. It also introduces a big change that causes issues with Office 365. As noted in KB4043473, you will have issues using an iphone and … Read More
Though Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, you can still use Internet Explorer 11. Here are some ways to customize IE in Windows 10 to make it work your way. Yes, Internet Explorer is still alive and well in Windows 10 despite Microsoft’s efforts to push everyone toward Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Edge has its advantages, but IE isn’t down for the count just yet. As always, the key to using Internet Explorer is to tweak the browser so it works just the way you like it. Toward that end, you can opt to display or hide toolbars, turn on various privacy and security settings, control your add-ons, and pin websites to the desktop or taskbar. Let’s go through the different steps for customizing and using IE 11 in Windows 10. First off, where the heck is Internet Explorer in Windows 10? Nope, you won’t find it on the Taskbar any longer since Edge has muscled its way into that spot. And you won’t see IE in the Start menu or Start screen, at least not unless and until you put it there. Here’s how to snag it. Click on the Start button and then scroll … Read More